Native Scientist partners with the Association of Polish Engineers partners
A new partnership to increase the engagement of Polish-speaking communities in the UK.
Native Scientist is glad to announce a partnership with the Association of Polish Engineers in Great Britain (STP). STP and Native Scientist share several goals and will strive working towards promoting science and language integrated learning. The partnership will also allow both STP and Native Scientist to reach out to more students and foster cooperation between scientific and local communities. Both organizations advocate for diversity and equality in education and in workplaces. To this end, they are partnering up to inspire ethnic minority and migrant students to pursue higher education and consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers through the organisation of Native Schools workshops.
According to Dr Joana Moscoso, co-founder of Native Scientist, “I will never forget the first meeting we had with STP. For the first time we spoke with an association of STEM professionals that had a history of organising [Native Schools] like-minded projects and had a strong STEM outreach culture. We exchanged lots of knowledge and couldn’t stop talking about our experiences and possible future joint projects. I am really looking forward to joining efforts through this partnership.”
Dr Ewelina Wachnicka, STP project coordinator, states: “We are proud to join our force with Native Scientists. Both organizations contribute to science education, but most importantly, encourage migrant children to practice and develop their heritage language. This is crucial in helping to sustain cultural identity in the multicultural society that we live in today. We want to show that irrespectively of our background, origin and language we speak, science is a great medium for bringing people together. Many of our volunteers speak more than two languages, studied in multiple countries, and work for recognized companies, thus being potential role models, showing students the importance of languages, STEM and higher education.”
Through this partnership, STP and Native Scientist see the opportunity to mutually strengthen their work in the field of promoting scientific literacy among children.
STP is an organization for individuals and institutions working in engineering, construction and science in Great Britain. Since 1940 our Association has included professionals representing various disciplines of engineering, as well as enthusiasts of science and technology. As part of our activity, we support the professional and personal development of the Association’s members, promote the latest technical developments, and integrate the Polish scientific and technical community in Great Britain. Over recent years, STP has led a number of public engagement events aiming to promote science, technology and engineering amongst the Polish community in the UK. Employees of UK-based companies, scientists and entrepreneurs – members of STP – regularly deliver workshops, lectures, exhibitions and science festivals for students of Polish Saturday schools as well as the general public.
About Native Scientist
Created by international migrant scientists for international migrant children, Native Scientist is a young and passionate multi-award-winning, European-wide, non-profit organisation that unites advocates for diversity and inclusion in science and education. In the classroom or beyond, Native Scientist actively engages with 250+ scientists every year, inspiring over 1,200 pupils to consider a science-related career and feel proud to use their heritage language.